Saturday, May 14, 2016

Medieval Arts: Crowns by K and 1

Hear ye, hear ye!  Europe's finest gold and silver artifacts have arrived in Benton County!  Well, the kids think so, and that's what matters.  This spring, all students in every grade learned all about medieval art through an educational and artistic project or two...or three.  Kindergarten and first grade seemed to be the most excited about what they were making, and there were a few older grades (namely 2-4) who were jealous of them.  What was so special about their project?  They made CROWNS, of course!  They weren't just any crowns, either, but crowns based on St. Edward's and Henry II's crown.

I can't take complete credit for the St. Edward's style crown-I found a pin and modified it to make it a little easier for the kids, since I knew first grade would be chomping at the bit to make one.  St. Edward's crown is a style of crown that's been around since the late middle ages and was named after King Edward the Confessor.  It's the 'official' coronation crown of England and has 444 precious stones surrounding it's gold base.

Since I'm working with an elementary sized budget, our limit was quite a bit UNDER 444 stones.  We added a few gems to create a pattern around the base, and used q-tips and glitter glue to create the illusion of even more stones on our crowns.  Once the other grades got a look at what 1st grade created, all I heard (for the next month) was "When are WE going to make those?   Why didn't WE do that in first grade?"  Umm...I come up with new ideas,'re doing things no one else, did, either.

Kindergarten made crowns inspired by the remade crown of Henry II, which is based on Holy Roman Emperor Henry II.  It was made of multiple gold plates shaped like fleur-de-lis that were connected with angel-shaped pins and covered in jewels.  Once again, we're on an elementary budget and kindergarten skills, so we went with stencils and kids glued on foam pieces to make their 'jewels' into a pattern.

When our Kindergarten kings and queens had completed their crowns and were patiently waiting for them to dry, one drew a royal portrait of their favorite art teacher...

That was my outfit for the day, crown and all!

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